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HIGH AND TIGHT. Southern Nash's Luke Edwards (left) avoids an inside pitch during last Thursday's finale of the Nash County Babe Ruth Prep League Tournament. SN was defeated by Bunn in the title game at Nash Central HIgh School.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Getting there was half the fun for the Southern Nash All-Stars in the finals of the Nash County Babe Ruth Prep League Baseball Tournament.
Nash Central dominated regular season action in the league, which features players of middle school age.
But in an elimination game to reach the title contest, Southern Nash stopped Nash Central in what will be remembered as one of the Firebirds' top performances of the summer.
ON HIS WAY. Nash Rec's Hunter Proctor competes in the Individual Medley event as part of his team's road matchup last Thursday evening against Westridge in Nash-Halifax Swim League action.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Nash Rec hit the road last Thursday for the first time this season, and the trip proved to be a successful one for the Sharks.
Nash Rec, the long-time powerhouse of the Nash-Halifax Swim League, traveled to rival Westridge and was able to come away with an impressive 414-281 triumph.
The Sharks are now 2-0 on the campaign under Coach Wendy Wilson and have outscored their opponents by a combined 900-405.
BACK IN TOWN. Trey Sumler returned to Nash Central High School last Wednesday to host a basketball camp at The Dawg Pound.
ROCKY MOUNT -- When he was growing up, Trey Sumler had the good fortune of learning from some positive role models as he made his way through Red Oak Middle School and Nash Central High School.
Two of those role models -- Coaches Michael Mosley and Jeff Dodrill -- welcomed Sumler home last Wednesday and served as instructors for the First Annual Trey Sumler Basketball Skills Camp at the NCHS Gymnasium.
BIRCHWOOD'S BEST. Among the Birchwood participants from last Thursday's swim meet at Roanoke Valley were (above) Berkeley Miller.
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- One week after taking on its nearest rival in Nash Rec, the Birchwood Swim Team made its longest journey of the Nash-Halifax Swim League season -- a trip to Roanoke Valley.
The host RVST club was able to defeat Birchwood by a 539-163 total at the Roanoke Rapids Aquatic Center in Halifax County.
Birchwood will return home today for a meeting with Westridge. Action will begin at 5 p.m. in Nashville.
SAFE AT SECOND. Nash County All-Star Dylan Alford slides into second base to complete a stolen base during last Tuesday's game with Louisburg at the Tar Heel League District Baseball Tournament.
ZEBULON -- Nash County and Louisburg have built a young-but-energetic rivalry in boys baseball action over the past few years, thanks in part to both clubs' status in the Tar Heel League.
The rivalry was renewed last Tuesday in the opening round of the Tar Heel District 6 13-14 Baseball Tournament at the Zebulon Community Park in Wake County.
The contest was similar to some of the squads' past nail-biters as the lead went back and forth before Louisburg rallied late to secure a 9-7 triumph.
WOODBRIDGE, VA. -- Dustin Peterson doubled and scored a run in the fourth, Seth Webster turned in a quality start with three runs allowed over seven innings pitched, but the Carolina Mudcats fell short in a 3-1 series-opening loss to the host Potomac Nationals on Sunday night.
Seth Webster started for Carolina (37-36, 3-1) and allowed three runs over seven quality innings pitched.
The Nationals (34-49, 1-2) pounded out 10 hits against Webster (L, 3-4, 2.96) and scored runs in the fifth and sixth to tie and later take the lead.
SUPERB SPARTANS. The Spartans were the regular season champions in the Nash County Parks and Recreation Department's Tar River 13-14 Baseball League for the 2015 campaign.
NASH COUNTY -- Listed are updated Nash County Parks & Recreation Spring Baseball League Scores:
ENCOURAGING WORDS. Player Corey Mercer receives encouragement from Officer Mark Withrow during the Nashville Police Department T-Ball Team's 2015 season.
NASHVILLE -- Nashville Police Officers traded in their badges for a different uniform recently, as the department sponsored a youth T-Ball team.
The department did more than just sponsor the team. Officers also coached the squad, with Corporal Miles Costa and Officer Mark Withrow serving as the head coaches. Other officers also came out and helped with practices and games.
Nashville Police Chief Tom Bashore said this was the second year the department has sponsored a T-Ball team for three, four and five-year-olds. But, he added, it definitely won't be the last, as the experience has been rewarding, not only for the youth but also for the officers.
ELON -- Three of Elon University's football games have been selected to be televised as a part of CAA Football's 2015 television package.
The Phoenix will have two games on the American Sports Network (ASN) and another on Comcast SportsNet (CSN).
The Phoenix's games at New Hampshire and Stony Brook as well as a home game with William & Mary will be televised.
Including Elon's season opener at Wake Forest on Sept. 3 that will air on ESPN3, the maroon and gold will have a total of four televised contests.
NEW YORK -- Christian Buffaloe, 15-year-old local youth, recently competed in the "2015 All American Open International Karate Championships" in New York City on June 27.
This prestigious annual event is sponsored and organized by the International Kyokushin Karate Organization in Tokyo, Japan and featured fighters from Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Europe, Australia, South Africa, Canada, and South America.
RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League has released the 2015-16 schedules for its 30 member clubs.
The Carolina Hurricanes will open their 82-game campaign on Thursday, Oct. 8 at Nashville before playing their first home game on Saturday, Oct. 10, against the Detroit Red Wings.
Carolina's complete schedule is as follows, with the games listed in CAPS (all times Eastern):
CHAPEL HILL -- Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, has announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Cup competitions for the 2014-15 academic year.
The Wells Fargo Cup is sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA. The award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state's four competitive classifications. The Cup program is in its 36th year.
Southern Nash's A.J. Jones rips a single during last Thursday's contest against Bunn.
Nash County's Noel Thomas blasted this pitch for a home run as part of his team's contest against Louisburg last Tuesday at the Tar Heel League District Baseball Tournament.
The Marlins enjoyed a strong season in the Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department's Youth Baseball League. Pictured are (back, l to r) Coaches Don Whitley, Mike Harrell and Ted Leeson; (middle, l to r) Allen Beasley, Luke Leeson, Jeremy Eatmon, Mikius Dancy, Connor Whitley and Noah Harrell; (front, l to r) Gage Varnell, Matthew 'MJ' Jackson, Carter Hicks, Eli Hicks, Israel Whitaker and Levi Whitley. Not pictured is Jayden Whitaker.
Among the Nash Rec Swim Team standouts from last Thursday's road meet at Westridge were (above) Grace Strickland.
Nash Rec's Lance Norris was the winner of the Boys 11-12 Individual Medley during last Thursday's road swim matchup against Westridge in Rocky Mount. The Sharks will return home today for a 5 p.m. meeting with the Roanoke Valley Swim Team in another key Nash-Halifax Swim League event.